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The hypothesis: I am tense and so are you.

We neither meet nor separate.

The desired result: We meet in the absence.

The proof: As tension turns people into arcs, we are two arcs.

We neither meet nor separate (the hypothesis)

so we must be parallel.

If two parallel lines are bisected by a third line

(in this case, the line of tension)

their corresponding angles must be equal (a geometrical theorem).

So we are congruent (because shapes are congruent

when their angles are equal)

and we form a circle (since the sum

of two congruent arcs

is a circle).

Therefore, we meet in the absence

(since the circumference of a circle

is the sum of contiguous points

which can each be considered

a point of contact).

The Theory of Absence

Elizabeth Winslow, translation from
the Arabic written by Dunya Mikhail

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